Swap plastic bags and packaging for mesh or cotton bags to buy all your nuts, flours, snacks, and grains in bulk. Bring your bags, fill them up, and note the PLU (price look up) on your phone or with a washable marker on your bag. Once home, transfer your items into glass jars!
About 80% of the food you throw away can be composted. Make your own worm bin to begin composting at home and keep your eyes out for upcoming Zero Waste Workshops or research online to learn more! Composting will suck carbon from the air while producing nutrient-rich “black-gold” for your yard.
Planning ahead is an important part of living zero waste. Try leaving your reusable grocery bags for shopping and Tupperware for eating out and leftovers in the trunk of your car, along with any other reusable essentials that you might need. It never hurts to keep reusable utensils or straws on hand as well!
Instead of using paper for everything, rely instead on note-taking apps such as Evernote or Google Keep. For work or school, take notes on your laptop and communicate via e-mail. Store your documents in the cloud and think twice about if you really need to print. Lastly, check out the many free resources to help you reduce junk mail!
There’s plenty of easy swaps to be made. Swap your paper towels for dish towels, plastic water bottles for glass or stainless, aluminum foil for beeswrap or silicone mats, and ditch your old plastic toothbrush for a bamboo toothbrush that you can throw in your compost bin after a few months!
When plastics are recycled, they’re actually downcycled; this means that all plastic will eventually end up in the landfill, unlike glass or metal that can be recycled over and over without degradation in quality. Cut trash off at its source by refusing plastic junk and opting for a more sustainable material!
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